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On the 29th of June, Metro bus and rail riders gathered outside the Columbia Heights Metro station to demand an end to fare hikes and service cuts, and that big developers and businesses that depend on Metrorail to make their billions pay their fare share of the cost of keeping the system running. A specific demand was a flat $2 fare for both bus and rail, and the restoration of late-night service.
Metro's riders were backed by ATU Local 689, which represented Metro's workers, the folks without which Metro does not run at all. Without them, and the people who ride on Metro bus and rail, the flow of money to major shopping areas, lobbyists, and even the big corporate law firms just stops. Combined Metro's riders and unionized workforce wield a great deal of power.